noun (1)
\ ˈfänt How to pronounce font (audio) \

Definition of font

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a receptacle for baptismal water
b : a receptacle for holy water
c : a receptacle for various liquids
2 : source, fountain a font of information


noun (2)

Definition of font (Entry 2 of 2)

: an assortment or set of type or characters all of one style and sometimes one size

Other Words from font

Noun (1)

fontal \ ˈfän-​tᵊl How to pronounce font (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of font

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1688, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for font

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin font-, fons, from Latin, fountain

Noun (2)

French fonte, from Middle French, act of founding, from Vulgar Latin *fundita, feminine of funditus, past participle of Latin fundere to found, pour — more at found

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“Font.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of font

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a basin to hold water for baptism
2 : source sense 1 a font of information



Kids Definition of font (Entry 2 of 2)

: a set of letters, numbers, and punctuation marks that are all one size and style

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